Many people say that the recent typhoon is the sign that Hangzhou’s rainy season has to come to an end so, with the wet weather behind us and an invigorating climate on the horizon, all we need to do now is take a leisurely hike or two - just one of the many highs of living in Hangzhou.
Banshan National Forest Park
Banshan National Forest Park is the first national forest park in Hangzhou downtown. The vegetation coverage of the park is up to 90.1% and the content of “air vitamin” negative oxygen ions is 4000 /cm3. The place is praised as being the “city’s lung” and as “an active museum”.
How to get there: Take bus No. 75 or 129 to Banshan Bus Station (ban shan gong jiao zhan: 半山公交站)
Gaoting Mountain has the advantage of both enchanting scenery and modern service facilities. It is home to a filial piety themed experiencing hall (In Confucian philosophy, filial piety is a virtue of respect for one's parents, elders, and ancestors.), a 15-kilometer-long tourist path, an artificial intelligence mountaineering system and the Gaoting Pavilion which stands proud on the highest peak of Gaoting Mountain and from which one can obtain a great panoramic view of Hangzhou city.
How to get there: Take bus No. 535 or 345 to the bus stop of Qiantao Garden (qian tao yuan: 千桃园)
Chenghuang Pavilion is an old-fashioned seven-storey-high tower that is lavishly decorated and at 41.6 meters in height it combines elements of Yuan and Ming dynasties-style architecture. Enjoying a cup of tea whilst soaking up the breathtaking views of the West Lake, certainly takes you to another level.
How to get there: Take No, 8, 35, 38, 40 or 807 to the bus stop of Wushan Square (wu shan guang chang: 吴山广场).
The main peak of Jingshan Mountain is Lingxiao Peak which, surrounded by mountains on all four sides, offers its visitors a unique hiking experience. Besides hiking, one can also roam along ancient paths, enjoy a picturesque cycle surrounded by streams and rivers, or find a recommended B&B to rest those weary heads. What’s also worth trying is a cup of Jingshan Buddhist tea which is what Jingshan Mountain is famous for.
How to get there: Take bus No. 533 to the bus stop of Jingshan Temple (jing shan si: 径山寺)
Jiu Yang Ping Hiking Path
Jiu Yang Ping is one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Fuyang district, Hangzhou. The hiking path is 5 kilometers in length which is home to a peculiar-shaped stone wall and over 200 ancient trees; and on the 710-meter-high Tangfeng Peak one is able to have a bird’s eye view of Lin’an City and witness cloud-shrouded mountains.
How to get there: Take long-distance buses in Jiubao Coach Center or Hangzhou South Bus Station to get to Xindeng (xin deng: 新登) and then transfer to Xianghe Village (xiang he cun: 湘河村).
Tianmu Mountain enjoys many titles, such as Wondrous Mountain in Jiangnan Region, Nature’s Flora Park, Forest Park and Kingdom of Giant Trees. Tianmu Mountain is an old geographical formation that is characterized by peculiar-shaped rocks, crystal-clear streams and deep valleys. Warm in winter and cool in summer, Tianmu Mountain features breathtaking scenery in all four seasons.
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.